TuneCore Establishes Nashville Office Headed By Shelby Kennedy

Shelby Kennedy

Shelby Kennedy

Digital music distribution and music publishing administration company TuneCore has launched a Nashville office under the direction of longtime industry player Shelby Kennedy.

TuneCore’s Entertainment Relations office is located at 1227 17th Ave. S., Unit D; Nashville, TN 37212.

Shelby brings 25 years of experience to the company, where he is serving as Vice President, Entertainment Relations. Prior to joining TuneCore, Kennedy has held diverse roles with ASCAP, BMI, Lyric Street Records, Wide Open Music Group and Cherry Heart Music and Entertainment, and his own Porch-Pickin’ Publishing. He is the son of legendary guitarist Jerry Kennedy.

“Nashville is one of the most creative cities in the world, and Shelby Kennedy has deep relationships and broad expertise in the music industry. As TuneCore expands our support for the increasing number of musicians and songwriters who choose independence to take control of their careers, both are a natural fit,” stated Scott Ackerman, CEO of TuneCore. “We’re confident that this expansion positions TuneCore to stay at the forefront of the evolving music industry.”

“I am tremendously excited to join TuneCore and take a leadership role in building the new model of the music industry,” commented Kennedy. “I hope to tap my experience spanning the spectrum of roles across the business—from songwriter to performer to business executive—to act as a catalyst in driving opportunities for artists, songwriters and other key partners.”

TuneCore has about forty employees throughout its headquarters in Brooklyn, NY, and offices in Burbank, CA and Nashville, TN. It is backed by Opus Capital and Guitar Center.

Since its inception in 2006, TuneCore Artists has distributed $438.8 million on 8.8 billion streams and downloads. In Q2 2014, it distributed $33.2 million, an increase of 18.4 percent over Q2 2013.

TuneCore Music Distribution services help artists, labels and managers sell their music worldwide through iTunes, Amazon Music, Spotify, Google Play, and other major download and streaming sites while retaining 100% of their sales revenue and rights for a low annual flat fee.


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